MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Martinsburg woman whose car collided with a city police cruiser while she was driving on South Queen Street on July 13 failed to yield the right-of-way to an emergency vehicle during the accident, the Martinsburg City Police Department said Thursday.
Police made the determination after the accident was reconstructed by Cpl. Brian Yost of the police department and C. Hugh Bean, a reconstruction expert from Ocean City, Md., according to a press release from the department.
Malissa Neice, 32, of Martinsburg, was stopped on South Street and preparing to cross South Queen when Patrolman Jeffery Pepple passed through the intersection, according to Martinsburg Police Sgt. J. McMillen.
Pepple, 27, who was traveling north on South Queen Street, had his emergency lights on, according to police and witnesses.
When a police car approaches with emergency lights on, motorists must yield until the cruiser passes, McMillen said.
He said Pepple's actions were "consistent with our policy" on emergency responses.